Do-it-yourself-whiteboards as a Creative Approach to Innovative Media Education: Exploring Wiimote Hacks as a Didactic Tool

By Daniela Reimann, Werner Fütterer and Sebastian Biefang.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In Germany, the introduction of interactive whiteboards in education has not been unproblematic. The use of such digital technology at school is often perceived critically among teachers. The reasons put forward for this are numerous – the missing introduction of appropriate pedagogical models, the lack of media skills and confidence of teachers to use such technologies as well as the time frame of school lessons organized in traditional classroom settings often being cited. Teachers stress the problems and constraints, rather than embracing the opportunities opening up using such technology in creative ways. However, the opportunity of creatively shaping the whiteboard technology by the teachers and learners themselves was not in the picture of the whiteboard producer’s commercial strategies so far. The lack of motivation of educators using such tangible media was the starting point for the research undertaken in the field of whiteboard technology and its’ implementation through teacher training.
The paper scrutinizes the common trend of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) as a creative practice of contemporary media art and youth culture, which became widespread through the Internet, via hacker communities and the social networks. It discusses the integration of a more playful and experiential approach to media education at school level and in teacher training. The paper suggests the creative development of low cost DIY-whiteboards in education using the Wiimote, a motion sensitive controlling device consisting of a blue tooth interface and a powerful infrared camera, and the software available (Lee 2008) online. In conclusion it looks at the challenge to further explore the nature of the DIY concept as an educational model.

Keywords: Media Art Education, Interactive, Do-it-yourself (DIY ), Whiteboards, Tangible Media, Learning, Interdisciplinary Education, Creative Processes

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.117-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 827.759KB).

Dr. Daniela Reimann

Researcher, Educator, Visiting Professor, Department of Art Education, University of Art and Industrial Design Linz Austria, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Daniela Reimann, Dr. phil., is a researcher and educator exploring the overlap of media arts & culture, computer science and technology in education. She currently works at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Institute of Vocational and General Education. Since 2005 she is Visiting Professor and lecturer at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, Austria. From 2007-09 she held an Assistant Professorship for Media Pedagogy at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany. Her PhD- thesis looked at the integration of arts and computer science in education, and was published in Oberhausen in 2006 at Athena publishing. She holds an M.A. in Visual Arts/Art Education and literature as well as a diploma of Pedagogy of Media Technology (1997). From 2004-06 she worked as a researcher in the project MediaArtLab@ School funded under the German Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsprogramm (HWP) at the Department of Visual Arts at the Institute of Aesthetics and Cultural Education at the University of Flensburg. From 2001-2003 she was a researcher at the Forum for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Muthesius-Academy of Arts, Kiel in the BLK-model project “Theory and Practice of Integrated Art and Computer Science in Education” (ArtDeCom) funded under the Cultural Education in the Media Age programme (KuBiM) of the German Bund- Länder-Commission (BLK), a joint body of the Federal Government and the Länder for educational planning and research funding. From 2004/05 she taught at the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt. From 1998-2000 she was a researcher at the Institute of Technology and Education at the University of Bremen. Her research interest is in interdisciplinary media arts, computer science and education, interactive media and Mixed Reality systems in art education and media pedagogy. 2006 she was appointed expert of the German. UNESCO delegation on Cultural Education, Since 2005 she runs the Media Arts Education Online Magazine Blog: Since 2007 she is the German representative of the Leonardo Education Forum LEF. Her short bio can be accessed at: book information available at: http://www.danielareimann. de/aim-e.pdf.

Werner Fütterer

Senior Teacher at University, Lecturer, Unit of Media Education, Center of Information and Media Technologies, University of Flensburg, Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Werner Fütterer is a senior art teacher and lecturer at the University of Flensburg, Center of Information and Media Technologies (ZIMT), Unit of Media Education, until 2008 he worked as a senior art teacher at the Carl-Friedrich-von-Weizsäcker-Gymnasium Barmstedt, an academic secondary school in Schleswig-Holstein. From 2001-3 he joined the BLK-model project “Theory and Practice of Integrated Art and Computer Science in Education” (ArtDe-Com) funded under the “Cultural Education in the Media Age” federal programme (KuBiM) of the Bund-Länder-Commission (BLK) with his class on digital media and virtual worlds in art education. Since 2008 he is chairman of the BDK e.V. Schleswig-Holstein, the German professional association of teachers for art and cultural education and former media consultant of the BDK Schleswig-Hostein. Since 2008 he is concerend with the development of the division of media pedagogy at the Center of Information and Media Technologies ZIMT at the University of Flensburg. Further he is concerned with the supervisory control for the subject of art in Schleswig-Holstein. He is educated artist and worked as printer, graphic designer, editorial journalist, curator and musician. He edited several books and exhibited artistic work in the field of digital archives. He developed and offers further teacher training in the area of computers in art education. His institutional Web site at the University of Flensburg can be accessed at:

Sebastian Biefang

Student Research Assistant, Institute for Media in Education, Department of Media Pedagogy, University of Education Freiburg, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Since 2004 Sebastian Biefang undertakes studies of educational science, media pedagogy and adult education at the University of Education Freiburg. From 2008-09 he worked as a student research assistant supporting project seminars in the field of wikis, virtual worlds, Wiimote hacks and interactive whiteboards in media education and teacher training at the Department of Media Pedagogy at the Institute for Media in Education (IMB) at the University of Education Freiburg. 2008 he developed the course design and was referee of a teacher further training on Wikis in education at the ZKM | Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, the Center for Art and Media. The Wiki can be accessed at: Institutional Web site of IMB:


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